What this Means
Discharge capacity is the rate of speed water flows from the source to discharge point and is measured in gallons per minute. Vertical suction lift is the vertical distance from the water source to the pump and this is important for tasks such as draining a deep pond or basement. Maximum head lift is the total height from the source of water to the pump and provides power to move water over a distance.
What types are there
Clear water pumps are ideal for draining a hot tub or garden pond and can also be used to drain shallow flooded areas for lawn sprinkling. These types are made for clear water pumping and should be kept free of debris but they can normally handle small solids.
Semi Solid pumps are similar to clear water pumps except they can handle solids of .25 inches to .75 inches and are good for removing water from a basement or draining a pool.
Trash pumps can handle solids from .75 inches to 2 inches and are normally used for commercial or agriculture purposes such as irrigation, draining small flooded areas or used on a construction site.
High pressure pumps are designed for higher pressure at lower volumes and have the ability to move water over long distances.